North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 2015

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 567 P I C TO R I A L H I G H L I G H TS 1 • Marking the frst record for Massachusetts and New England waters, this Fea's Petrel was over Stellwagen Bank 24 June 2014. Photography by Cliford Otto. 2 • Completely unexpected at the time, Gray-bellied Hawk made its frst appearance in North America on 26 June 2008 in Costa Rica's northern Caribbean lowlands, where it has since been seen three more times. Panama, however, did not get its frst record until 9 February 2012 when one turned up near El Salto in the Darién. This juvenile Gray- bellied Hawk, Panama's second and North America's sixth, was found 12 July 2014 near the Río Mono Bridge on the Inter-American Highway. Photograph by Euclides Campos. 3 • With only two previous records from North America, both from Panama, the ap- pearance of four Whistling Herons at three widely scattered locations in Panama this summer is newsworthy. This individual, the frst to turn up and the only one to linger through August, was photographed on 10 July 2014, the day after it was frst reported about 6 kilometers west of Chepo. It was found only about 3 kilometers from where one turned up last summer, so it may be the same individual returning for its second year. Photograph by Rafael Lau. 4 • Washington's ffth Le Conte's Sparrow, which spent 13-21 (here 21) June 2014 sing- ing at Marblemount, Skagit County, was the frst in that state in nearly twenty years. Photograph by Ryan Merrill. 5 • Eastern Yellow-breasted Chat (I. v. virens) has recently been shown to occur during the breed- ing season in eastern Colorado, with recent reports from Yuma County. Though older Colorado specimens of the taxon are known from Yuma and Prowers Counties (and oddly also from La Plata County), all from the period 21 May through 20 June, it has been virtually ignored in the state since the 1960s. This apparent Eastern Yellow-breasted Chat at Simmons State Wilderness Area, Yuma County 17 July 2014 shows the taxon's typical olive back, abbreviated white malar, limited extent of yellow below, and short-appearing tail. Photograph by Steven G. Mlodinow. 6 • Although Common Eiders are plentiful along the Hudson Bay coast at Churchill, Manitoba, the western v-nigra subspecies is strictly a vagrant in the area. This male was found there on 15 June 2014. Photograph by Bruce Di Labio. 7 • A total of thirteen Black-tailed Godwits arrived on Newfoundland's shores during the Icelan- dic Invasion of spring 2014, providing the province with its seventh through nineteenth records of the species. One of the frst individuals to be found was this bird, photographed 27 April at Renews Beach, where the last bird of the infux was seen 5 June. Photograph by Bruce Mactavish. 8 • This male Common Ringed Plover and an accompanying female at Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park, Herschel Island 23 June 2014 established the Yukon's second record of the species. The timing and habitat were perfect for breeding, but the pair departed late in the day. Photograph by Cameron D. Eckert. 2 1 4 7 8 5 6 3

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